2012 Volunteers of the Year
Every year, we honor people who best exemplify the values and ethic of Genesis World Mission and the work we want to accomoplish. For the first time in our ten year history, we decided it was most appropriate to select a volunteer from each of our projects to demonstrate the variety of ways we're inspiring healthy communities. We'd like to introduce you to them now.
Garden City Community Clinic—Medical Volunteer of the Year: Dr. Dan Reed
Dr. Reed has been serving as the volunteer medical director of the Garden City Community Clinic since 2009. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and performed his residency at Dayton Community Family Practice Residency.
As the medical director, Dr. Reed plays an anchor role in volunteer provision, but also oversees the quality control measures of the clinic and performs peer chart review. He comes to serve just about every Thursday with a sharp wit and wisdom to compassionately care for our patients. He also serves on the Idaho Physicians Network board of directors and practices family medicine at Primary Health Medical Group. In his spare time, he enjoys camping and backpacking with his family and playing soccer.
Garden City Community Clinic - Dental Volunteer of the Year: Dr. John Hisel
Dr. Hisel, along with his wife Terri, was the primary catalyst for bringing dental services to the Garden City Community Clinic, and served as its volunteer dental director until 2009. He has been practicing dentistry since 1986 and served as a dentist in the Air Force in Omaha and Spokane. In 1989, he started in private practice and formed Paramount Family Dentistry in 2008 when he brought on an associate.
When not in the office, Dr. Hisel can be found volunteering in any number of dental related community projects. He has served as a team dentist for the Idaho Steelheads, is a member of the Idaho Dental Forensics Team and is on staff at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. He was recently inducted into the International College of Dentistry. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Idaho’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Dr. Hisel will retire this year from the Genesis World Mission board of directors, where he has served faithfully since 2003.
Genesis International Volunteer of the Year: Gabriel Kaingu DiJito
Gabriel DiJito was born in Burangi Kenya in 1968. Due to the harsh reality of upbringing in the family, Gabriel was forced to drop out of school in sixth grade in order to help support his family.
Even though he works hard as a house steward and farmer, he still finds time to volunteer for community work. The Kenya Red Cross trained him as a Community Health Worker, and as such, he has provided assistance many times to sick people in the middle of the night. In a flood-prone area, he often selflessly gives of himself to save lives.
Gabrielle is the community health committee organizer for the Burangi Health Village project. He is instrumental in mobilizing villages for Genesis’ medical camps, as well as the clinic building project and roads construction and demonstrates the true essence of empowerment.
Volunteer Physicians Network Practice of the Year: Intermountain Eye Clinic
Intermountain Eye Clinic has been participating in VPN since May of 2008. During that time they have seen an average of 10 patients, each and every month. They have played an instrumental part of caring for the eye health of patients, through exams, treatment and surgical services. Patients with diabetes make up a significant portion of those referred through VPN that Intermountain Eye Center’s doctors care for with important annual exams.
Serving the eye care needs of the Treasure Valley population for the past 40 years, their physicians and staff are comprised of some of the most experienced and best trained eye care professionals in the area. They strive to educate as well as to treat, and have been a valued partner in working with the patients referred through Volunteer Physicians Network. We honor the charitable spirit Intermountain Eye Clinic demonstrates to their community.